Pretty Sweet? Hegemonic Masculinity, Female Physicality, and the Regulation of Gender in a Vintage Book Series for Girls

  • Ellen Singleton
Keywords: Girls of Central High, gender, sport

Abstract

The Girls of Central High series, published over a century ago, provides a unique opportunity to investigate crucial intersections of gender, class, and institutionalized schooling that impact on competitive female sporting activities. In this article, these intersections are explored through a detailed examination of two characters in the series whose lives are affected by sport in very different ways. Although this book series served to reproduce and reinforce conventional attitudes and beliefs about femininity and masculinity, it also succeeded in reassuring young women that the desire to participate in vigorous competitive team sport was reasonable, feminine, and beneficial for other aspects of their lives.

Author Biography

Ellen Singleton

Ellen Singleton is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario. Her teaching and research interests include the ways in which pedagogical theory and practice in physical education intersect with issues of gender, sexuality, morality, literacy, and the physically active female body.

How to Cite
Singleton, E. (1). Pretty Sweet? Hegemonic Masculinity, Female Physicality, and the Regulation of Gender in a Vintage Book Series for Girls. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 1(1). Retrieved from http://jeunessejournal.ca/index.php/yptc/article/view/13
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